I’m small, insignificant. There’s nothing special about me. I’m not strong, and I’m not smart. No one would pick me for anything.
Do you ever feel this way?
1 Corinthians 1:27 says: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”
In other words, God has chosen the foolish things, the weak things. He did not call the ones who think they are wise, or strong, or who think they have it all together. That means God chose me. He chose you.
But wait a minute! God said to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). Why does God advocate both strength and weakness?
Although confusing, God did not contradict himself. In fact, everything God does comes out of weakness. The weakest state of being is death. Death has no life in it, no movement. Everything has shut down and ceased to be. But we know that Jesus miraculously overcame death, and the grave no longer holds power over us if we know Jesus as our Savior. For us, the greatest miracle was in his resurrection.
In this sense, every promise given to us by God must die so it can be resurrected. God will wait until the improbable becomes impossible. But why?
1 Corinthians 1:29 goes on to say, “That no flesh should glory in his presence.” God waits until all possibility of me having anything to do with the fulfillment of his promise dies so that I don’t get any credit.
When it’s evident that I’m at the end of my rope and I’m struggling to hold on, God will come through for me. Only then I will call God my provider, my strength, and my peace.
Does God mean to wait until I give up hope? Certainly not! Faith isn’t faith until it’s tested. God wants you to be willing to endure and trust him when things don’t seem to be going your way and he doesn’t seem to be pulling through.
So rejoice when it looks impossible! Go ahead and get excited about what God will do. Because when the situation becomes impossible is when God makes it possible.
But if I’m to be weak, then how am I supposed to be strong against the devil?
Note that satan’s quest is for power and authority. Furthermore, while the Spirit of God has no way to work except through us, the devil also has no means to work except through the flesh. It is easy to see that by walking in the flesh, we give the devil the power he so desperately seeks.
On the other hand, we rob the devil of all power by walking in the Spirit and saying no to the flesh. The devil cannot overcome the Spirit that is in you.
However, when we rely on our own strength God’s only choice is to withdraw His. In doing so, we give in to the flesh and give grounds to the devil.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
You see, being weak is a prerequisite for being strong. I must be weak before I can be strong. Recall that before Christ could be raised in power, he had to die in weakness. Likewise, before I can be strong in the Lord, I’ve got to be weak in myself.
If you’re feeling weak, burnt out, or broken…be encouraged. Note the people who God uses the most are those who feel completely useless. Because only when we are weak will God make us strong in Him.
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